1930s Favorite Movies

"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939) *****.  One of the best of the "Capra-Korn" movies.  Director Capra joins with Jimmy Steward, Jean Arthur, and Claude Rains to reprimand political corruption.  Director Frank Capra was criticized as pro-communist and anti-american by the Washington press.  8 years up.

"Gone with the Wind" (1939) *****

"Stagecoach" (1939) *****.  John Wayne's greatest role.

"The Wizard of Oz" (1939 *****.  what can you say?

"You Can't Take It With You" (1938) *****.  Director Frank Capra hits his stride with 1938's Best Picture Oscar.  Jimmy Steward, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore are wonderful in telling a hilarious parable about greed and goodness.  7 years up.

"Snow White" (1937) ****

"Modern Times" (1936) ****

"Top Hat" (1934) *****

"Thirty-Nine Steps" (1934) ****

"The Thin Man" (1934) *****.  wonderful detective-comedy with William Powell, Myrna Loy, and their dog, Asta.  Brilliant and best movie of the 5 "Thin Man" movies.

"City Lights" (1931) *****  This is the highest accomplishment of Charlie Chaplin's career and is considered to be one of the best movies ever made.  I suggest you watch a few of Chaplin's other great movies to get the feel of his silent movie genius before watching this drama-comedy. Perhaps watch "The Circus" and "The Gold Rush" first.  8 years up.

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